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Youth Worker Cafe: LaPorte County

Working with LGBTQ+ Youth: Creating a Supportive Environment for Youth

October 20, 2017

12:30pm - 2:00pm (Eastern)

11:30am - 1:00pm (Central)


LaPorte County Complex


809 State St, La Porte, IN 46350


Free - Lunch Provided


According to the GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey, 57.6 percent of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 43.3 percent because of their gender expression. The 2016 Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that youth who are part of the LGBTQ+ community are significantly more at-risk for struggles with mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide. Turning schools and youth-serving programs into safe places for LGBTQ youth is possible. This presentation will speak to some of the best practices and resources from which to build a supportive culture in schools, programs and the community. Join us for this free lunch presentation to:

  • get connected to the best practices for an inclusive school environment;
  • learn about the best resources available for educators; and
  • understand how to communicate effectively and respectfully with the LGBTQ community. 

SPEAKER: Meghan Buell, Founder and Board President – Transgender Resource, Education & Enrichment Services - TREES, Inc.

Meghan Buell is the founder and board president of Transgender Resource, Education & Enrichment Services - TREES, Inc., a transgender education organization with the mission of transgender education in rural communities. Meghan guest lectures at universities across the country on a multitude of trans topics and also works as a substitute teacher. Meghan serves on the South Bend Minority & Women Business Enterprise Board and on the ethics committee of a healthcare organization. Meghan is an out and proud transgender woman. 


LaPorte County Circuit Court

Safe Harbor

CONNECT: You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Please also feel free to stay after for additional networking time.